Pesticides in Paradise

Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety

Hawai‘i’s agriculture is dominated by experimental genetically engineered (GE) crops grown by five of the world’s six major agrochemical-seed multinationals: Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont-Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF. Like the plantation agriculture that preceded them, these GE seed crop operations claim much of Hawai‘i’s prime farmland, make no contribution to the state’s food needs, and involve intensive use of toxic pesticides.